Ancestors of Tim Farr and Descendants of Stephen Farr Sr. of Concord, Massachusetts and Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England


Thomas FARR [Parents] [scrapbook] 1-5944 was born about 1637 in Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. He died 2, 3 on 22 Jun 1687 in Haynes, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. Thomas married 4 (MRIN:2601) Ann BILLINGTON-5945 on 11 May 1676 in Pulloxhill, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Thomas had a will 5 on 15 Jun 1687 in Haynes, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Connection to father is from father's will used in conjunction with his own will and the parish records. The children and grandchildren listed in the wills were the key to putting this family together.

Family from will and the following parish records of Haynes. The will gives the names of the missing son and daughter of Thomas, and the parish records give the dates. Thomas' father mentions all the grandchildren in his will that were born by his death date.

From the parish records of Haynes(FHL British Film 908072 and FHL British Book 942.565/H1 V26h):
Farr      William, Chr      1677  12  Aug,    s. Thomas
Farr      ????,    Chr      1679  25  Jan,    d. Thomas
Farr      ????,    Chr       1680  25  Jan,    s. Thomas
Farr      Faith,    Bur       1683  29  Dec,
Farr      Wm,     Bur       1683  10  Jan,
Farr      Benj,    Chr       1684  11  Mar,    s. Thomas
Farr      Mary,   Chr       1686  10  Jul,     d. Thomas

It is clear from the wills of Thomas and William that the above un-named son and daughter of Thomas in the vitals were Ann and Thomas.

Archdeaconry of Bedford - Will
Thomas Farr of Haynes - Yeoman
1687/34 - Films 0088050 and 1066823
In the Name of God Amen, This 15th Day of June 1687 I Thomas ffarr of Haines in the county of Bedeford Item Being Sick of Body but of good and perfect Remembrance thanks be unto almighty god and Calleing To Remembrance the uncertainty of this ----- ----- of Life Doe make and ordaine this my Last will and Testament in manner and forme following Imprimis I Committ my Soule into the hands of Almighty god hoping Through the only mirrith of Jesus Christ my Lord and Saviour To Inthrest everlasteinge Life and my Body I committ to the earth To be Decently Buried at the Desecration of my executrix heare after named and as To those worldly goods it hath pleased almighty god To Lend me in this Life I give and Bequeath Them in manner following. Item I give an Bequeath unto my eldest Sonn William ffarr the sum of Twenty pounds, Item I give and bequeath unto the rest of my Children Ann ffarr Thomas ffarr Benjamin ffarr and Mary ffarr the sume of Twenty poundes a peec all which said fourth sums my will is that be paid unto each of them when they shall attaine the age of one and Twenty years all the Rest of my Goods and Chattles what soever, Item I give and bequeathe unto my Loving wife Ann ffarr whom I make Sole executrix of this my Last will and Testament I witness whare of I have heare unto sett my hands and seals the Day and Year aforesaid.
Signed Sealed and Published
In the Presence of
John Carter Tho: ffarr
Tho: Goate
Samuele Carter

The DNA that descends from this Thomas matches the DNA that descends from Stephen. This along with other records prove that Stephen is Thomas' brother and both are sons of William. Stephen disappears from the English records and is the only Stephen that can't be accounted for. This is the Stephen that shows up in Concord, MA., and is why he shows in the parish records as a son to William but not mentioned in William's will. The DNA results between our Farrs and our English cousin are as follows:

#14723(David Jackson Farr)-----13 23 14 10 11 12 12 12 12 14 13 30 18 9 10 11 11 24 15 19 29 15 16 17 17 11 10 19 23 17 15 17 17 36 38 12 12
#15659(Steven Timothy Farr)----13 23 14 11 11 12 12 12 12 14 13 30 18 9 10 11 11 24 15 19 29 15 16 17 17 11 10 19 23 17 15 17 17 36 38 13 12

The above results show a two-marker one-step mutation. The following two paragraphs explain why this is not a problem:

When you compare a 12 Marker result to another 12 marker result of someone with the SAME surname, and the results match 12/12, there is a 99% probability that you two are related within the time frame included in the MRCA tables. If the match is 11/12, there's still a high probability that you are related IF the 11/12 match is within the same surname. If you compare a 25 Marker result to another 25 marker result for the SAME surname, and the results match 24/25, then there is also a 99% confidence that the two individuals are related…and at a much closer time interval than with the 12 marker test.

Our bodies work as copy machines when it comes to the Y-DNA. You can have a copy machine doing 1,000 copies without a problem, and then, the 1,001 copy may have an "o" that looks more like an "e". And when we use this copy to make additional ones, all the new ones will now have an "e" instead of an "o". This is a simple way to explain how mutations occur in our Y-DNA when it's transferred (copied) from father to son. Mutations don't happen frequently, on the contrary, very seldom, but they can happen randomly in time, which means that I could be one mutation off of my father. That is why all those matches or close matches on 12 markers will in most of the cases go away when they happen between different surnames, and we increased the number of markers that are compared: more mutations showing up, which means way back in time when the common ancestor lived.

Ann BILLINGTON 1-5945 was christened 2 on 16 Dec 1646 in Barton In The Clay, Bedford, England, United Kingdom. Ann married 3 (MRIN:2601) Thomas FARR-5944 on 11 May 1676 in Pulloxhill, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Robert Billington Will
4 April 1679
Film #88046
Pulloxhill, Bedfordshire, England
Transcribed by Pam Bott

In the name of God amen the fourth day of April in the year of our Lord God one and six hundred and seaventy nine and in the one and thirtieth year of the reign of our most gracious sovergane lord Charles the second King of England, Scotland, France and Ireland defender of the faith.  I Robert Bilington of Pullexhill in the county of Bedford dariman being in good and perfectt health thanks be given to God doo make and ordain in this my last will and Testament in manor and forme following.  I give and bequeath my soull to almighty God my creator and to Jesus Christ my Saviour by whose merits death and pation I hope assuredly to have Everlasting life and as for my body I desire it may be decently buried by the discression of my Executrix hereafter named and as for that worldly goods that it has pleased God to bestow upon me I give and bequeth it in manor and forme following.  Imprinuis I give and bequeath to Susan * Feeles my Eldest Daughter now wife of Richard Feeles one shilling of lawful money of England.  Item I give and bequeth to Robert Feels sonne of the aforesaid Richard Feills my grand child the sume of six shillings and eight pense of good and lawful mony of England. Item  I give and bequeth to John Feels sonne of the aforesaid Richard Feels my grandchild the like sume of six shillings and eight pense of like lawffull mony of England  Item  I give and bequeth to Ann Farr now wife of Thomas Farr my second daughter the sume of one shilling.  Item   I give and bequeth to William Farr my Grandchild the sume of six shillings and eight pense of like lawffull money of England.  Item   I give and bequeth unto Mary Langester now wife of Henry Langester my third daughter one shilling of like lawffull mony of England.  All the rest and besides of my moveable goods households and cattell and chattels whatsoever unbequethed I give and bequeth to Susan Billington my now wife whome I make and ordaine to bee my full and sole executrix of this my last will and testament she paying my debts and legacies and discharging my funeral expenses.  The word Robert was **interlined in the twelvth line before seallinge of the present will.  In witnesse whereof to this my last will and testament I the said Robert Billington have put to my hand and seale the day and yeare first above written.  Robert Billington     (his mark)

Sealled and Subscribed unto in the presents of
William Fillee     (or Hillee or Filler or Hiller?  I think it is Fillee.)
Robert Woodward
Joseph Burr

Notes by Pam Bott
*   He keeps spelling this surname differently.  I think it is Feeles but I wrote the others as he spelled them.

**   interlined means it is written between the lines.  However in this will I think they spelled it interlinged?  The name Robert was written between the 12th line of this will on top of the name Richard crossed out.

They had the following children.

  M i
William FARR 1-5946 was christened 2 on 12 Aug 1677 in Haynes, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.
  F ii
Ann FARR-5949 was born 1 on 25 Jan 1679 in Haynes, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

BIRTH: Used in conjunction with the father's will.
  M iii Thomas FURR-5932 was christened on 25 Jan 1680. He was buried on 14 Feb 1725.
  M iv Benjamin FARR-5947 was born on 11 Mar 1684. He was buried on 8 Jan 1763.
  F v
Mary FARR-5948 was born 1 on 10 Jul 1686 in Haynes, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. She was christened 2 on 10 Jul 1686 in Haynes, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

William COX-7293. William married (MRIN:2602) Cathrine FURR-5935 on 29 Sep 1726 in Cardington, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Cathrine FURR [Parents]-5935 was christened 1 on 5 Oct 1707 in Cardington, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. Cathrine married (MRIN:2602) William COX-7293 on 29 Sep 1726 in Cardington, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.


James BIRD-7073 was christened 1 on 10 Sep 1714 in Flitton with Silsoe, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. James married 2 (MRIN:2603) Mary FIRR-5938 on 11 Apr 1736 in Clophill, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Mary FIRR [Parents]-5938 was christened 1 on 21 Mar 1714 in Cardington, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. Mary married 2 (MRIN:2603) James BIRD-7073 on 11 Apr 1736 in Clophill, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.


Benjamin FARR [Parents]-5947 was born 1 on 11 Mar 1684 in Haynes, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. He was christened 2 on 11 Mar 1684 in Haynes, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. He was buried 3 on 8 Jan 1763 in Haynes, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. Benjamin married 4 (MRIN:2604) Sarah DUNHAM-6827 on 7 Nov 1706 in Wilshamstead, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Abstract of the Will of Benjamin Farr
Bedford Probate Records
Film #88066
6th January 1764

Will of Benjamin Farr Wilshamstead in Bedford husbandman
Sarah wife
Thomas son
Mary Daughter / wife of Nathaniel Dunham
Richard Dunham of Wilshamstead Late deceased
Sarah Daughter / wife of John Barr
Susannah Granddaughter
Ann Granddaughter the daughter of Richard ?
John Grandson the son of my son Thomas
Samuel, Benjamin, John, Nathaniel and Mary Grandchildren / sons and daughter  of my son Samuel late deceased
Thomas Farr, Nathaniel Dunham [Executors]

Sarah DUNHAM-6827 was christened on 12 Jun 1685 in Haynes, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. She was buried 1 on 12 Jan 1769 in Haynes, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. Sarah married 2 (MRIN:2604) Benjamin FARR-5947 on 7 Nov 1706 in Wilshamstead, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

They had the following children.

  F i Mary FARR-6828 was christened on 4 Oct 1707.
  F ii
Ann FURR-6829 was christened 1 on 19 Dec 1710 in Wilshamstead, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.
  M iii Thomas FURR-6830 was christened on 20 Apr 1712.
  F iv
Sarah FARR-6831 was christened 1 on 6 Jan 1717 in Wilshamstead, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.
  M v Samuel FURR-6832 was christened on 15 May 1720. He was buried on 26 Apr 1761.
  F vi Sarah FURR-6833 was christened on 18 Nov 1722.
  F vii
Susana FURR-6834 was christened 1 on 1 Aug 1725 in Wilshamstead, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.
  F viii
Alice FURR-6835 was christened 1 on 16 Jun 1728 in Wilshamstead, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. She was buried 2 on 29 Jul 1728 in Haynes, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

George FARR [Parents] 1-5950 was born 2 on 23 Sep 1608 in Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. He was christened on 23 Sep 1608 in Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. He died 3 on 29 Aug 1703 in Blunham, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. George married 4 (MRIN:2605) Ann HILLS-5953 on 29 Nov 1641 in Elstow, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Other marriages:
, Hester

Mentioned in granfather's will as Grandson, son of Roger, and Roger is listed as a son of the grandfather, William. George's last four children were the children of a second wife. Hester.

Ann HILLS-5953 died 1 on 21 Apr 1655 in Blunham, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. Ann married 2 (MRIN:2605) George FARR-5950 on 29 Nov 1641 in Elstow, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

They had the following children.

  M i
Samuel FARR-5974 was christened on 6 May 1645 in Blunham, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.
  M ii Thomas FARR-7075 was christened on 28 Jan 1648.
  F iii
Ann FARR-5975 was christened 1 on 2 Oct 1651 in Blunham, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.
  F iv
Carlatta FARR-5976 was born 1 on 3 Mar 1654 in Blunham, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. She was christened 2 on 15 Mar 1654 in Blunham, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

George FARR [Parents] 1-5950 was born 2 on 23 Sep 1608 in Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. He was christened on 23 Sep 1608 in Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. He died 3 on 29 Aug 1703 in Blunham, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. George married (MRIN:2606) Hester-6657 in BET 1655 AND 1659.

Other marriages:
HILLS, Ann

Mentioned in granfather's will as Grandson, son of Roger, and Roger is listed as a son of the grandfather, William. George's last four children were the children of a second wife. Hester.

Hester-6657 died 1 on 19 Jan 1685 in Blunham, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. Hester married (MRIN:2606) George FARR-5950 in BET 1655 AND 1659.

They had the following children.

  M i John FARR-5977 was christened on 14 Jan 1660. He was buried on 21 May 1693.
  M ii
George FARR-5978 was born on 26 Jul 1663. He was christened on 1 Aug 1663 in Blunham, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. He was buried 1 on 21 Aug 1676 in Blunham, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

BURIAL: Son of George
  M iii
Joseph FARR-5980 was christened about 1666 in Blunham, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. He was buried on 12 Nov 1666.

Was mentioned his brother John's will along with Benjamin.
  M iv Joseph FARR-7085 was born about 1667. He died on 2 May 1754.
  M v Benjamin FARR-5979 was born on 2 Mar 1669. He was buried on 21 Sep 1722.

Roger FARRE [Parents]-5951 was christened 1 on 15 Dec 1583 in Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. He died 2 on 5 Dec 1638 in Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. Roger married 3 (MRIN:2607) Sara ELINGE-5952 on 11 Aug 1608 in Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Roger had a will 4 in Nov 1638 in Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Mentioned in father's will

Sara ELINGE 1-5952 was born about 1588 in of, Aspley Guise, Bedford, England, United Kingdom. Sara married 2 (MRIN:2607) Roger FARRE-5951 on 11 Aug 1608 in Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

They had the following children.

  M i George FARR-5950 was born on 23 Sep 1608. He died on 29 Aug 1703.
  M ii
William FUR 1-5962 was christened 2 on 8 Mar 1612 in Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.
  M iii John FUR-5963 was christened on 27 Jun 1615.
  M iv
Roger FURRE-5964 was christened 1 on 17 Aug 1617 in Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.
  F v
Sarah FUR-5965 was christened 1 on 7 Mar 1620 in Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.
  F vi
Mary FARR-5966 was christened on 18 Mar 1621 in Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.
  M vii
Thomas FAR-5967 was christened on 27 Aug 1626 in Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

William FARRE [Parents] [scrapbook] 1-5954 was born about 1536 in of Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. He was buried 2, 3 on 5 Apr 1617 in Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. William married 4 (MRIN:2608) Margery SALISBURY-5955 on 30 Oct 1579 in Husborne Crawley, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

William had a will 5 on 8 Jan 1612 in Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. His will was probated 6 on 6 May 1617 in Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Other marriages:
FARRE, Mrs. William

Mentioned in his father's will.

The first five children were not Margy's. The last three were. All children were mentioned in his will except for Mary who died before the will was written.

Will of William Farre Senior
Aspley Guise, Bedford - 1617
Archdeaconry of Bedford
Film 88020  p. 175
Will transcribed by Dean Hunter

Will dated 8 January 1612
Will proved 6 May 1617
In the Name of God Amen: I Willyam ffarre Sen. of Aspley Guise in the countie of Bedds being in good healthe and perfecte memero doe constitue and make this my laste will & testament the eighte daie of January in the yeare if our lorde god according to the compulation of the Church of England 1612, in manner and forme following and first I hereby revoke all former willes & doe humbly commende my Soule into the hands of all mightie god well hoping and believing by his merecies in the and throughe the suffering of Jesus Christ my alone [page 2] saviour to be saved and my bodie to be buried in the church yard of Aspelie aforesaid Item I will give and appoint that William ffarre the younger my eldest sonne shall have paide and delivered unto him by my executors hearafter named in this my will within one month the next after my decease six quarters of good sweete barley to some his hands withe and if it happen to departe this life weere or att the seede time of the yeare then the same barley to be to him delivered pre after my decease for the purpose aforesaid and in like manner I will bequeath & appointe that my said sonne Willyam ffarre shalle have ti him delivered by my executors six quarters of good & sweete pease or beanes sweete for that lande for that season in suche parte and manner as I before have appointed the barley: Item two quarters and twoe bushels of rye to be to hime the saide Willyam ffarre delivered by my executors for seede, att suche time & in suche sete as formerlie I have appointed the other graine nevertheless my expresse intent, meaning, and will is and I go order and appointe that att the said graine so by this my will assigned, to be delivered the saide Willyam my sonne shalle by by him repaired and restored to my saide executors in manner followinge viz: twoe quarters of barley, & twoe quarters of pease or beanes and six bushells of rye yearely and every yeare att the feaste of the purification of our ladie the virgine St Mary, during the terme of three yeares next after my decease to me insle of halfe of all suche graine I give and bequeathe to my sone James ffarre and the other halfe thereof, I will and appoint to be equallie devided betweene Roger ffarre & Lee ffarre two other of my sonnes: Item I give & bequeth to Willyam ffarre my sone a longe carte, & a dunge carte: Item I will &e appointe that my said three sonnes Roger, Lee and James ffarre, shall from and ymmediatlie after my decease weelelie give & deliver to my sonne Willyam ffarre one bushell of good & whole some mill graine for and towardes the mainetenance of [page 3] of his children and householde for and untill he the said Willyam shall equabably first –roppr of his landes after my decease Item I give and bequeath for the said Willyam ffarre twoe plilthes & two paire of iron harrowes and all such plough & cartes timber as shall happen to be in my or possession at or before, the time of my decease and I will & appointe that my executers shall not take awaye or deminishe after my decease any of the fences bales or mountes in or aboute the yardes gardens delyarde or any other the grounds in my nowe possession: Item I will and appointe that the greatest sallinge ffonghe with the cober thereare of shall remaine for in the howse and for the use and benefitt of my saide sonne Willyam and his heirs: Item I further give and bequeath to my saide sonne Willyam twoe carte horses worthe fortie six shillinges and eight oebce a peece att the leasle together with good & compleate harme se & furnature to the said twoe horses: Item I will and bequeath to my saide sonne Willyam a longe carte bodie with an Axeltree with Thomas Kinge of Aspelies borrowed of me. Item I will & bequeath to my Sone James ffarre the ellder of the two cupboardes in the halle the best boarded bedsteede and the great boarded cheste, standinge under the chamber windowe, wheareas I use to lye and the greatest brasse panne Item I will give & bequeathe to my sone Lee ffarre, the newe cupboard in the hall the wynded beddsteed in the chamber withe thes featherball and boulster thereon lyinge and all others the cosese in my house excepte one wch my sonne James ffarre nowe useth wch I will and beqeath to my daughter Anne: Item I bequeath to the saide Anne the ould table nowe standing in the boutinge house oneoly to use during her life, and the same after her decease I give and to Willyam Ambridge her sonne. Item I give and bequeath to Steven ffarre my sonne one cowe and the best hose wch shall happen to be in the yarde at the time of my decease & the greate iron spitt: Item I will give & bequeath all suche house as shall be [page 4] remaymine in my house at my deathe and all the hogges and other swine then allsoe remayminge in the yarde to my saide five sonnes viz: Willyam, Steven, Roger, Lee, & James to be equalled divided betweene them Item I give and bequeathe to my sonne James farre twoe mattries, twoe boulsters& twoe of the best blanckette: Item I give and bequeathe to my sonnes Lee & James ffarre, all my linnen whatsoever items to have twoe partes thereof & Lee a thirde part to be in suche manner indipsewent devided betweene them: Item I will and bequeathe to Alice my daughter fortie shillinges and Xd: to & amongest all suche children of the said Alice att my decease living to be equallie divided amongest them: Iten I give and bequeathe to every of the children of my saide sonnes Willyam, Steven and Roger ffarre, livinge att my decease, one sheepe a peece if I shall have so many att my decease the wantes to be supplied by my executors the value of every sheepe to be supplied to be worth vis viiid: The residue of all my household stuffe and ymplements of householde excepte twoe pewter platters, I give & bequeathe to my sonne Lee ffarr & James farre ti be equally devieded between them, wth twoe platters I give & bequeathe to my sonne Roger ffarre: The resudue of all my corne, grayne cattell & other goodes moveable and unmoveable I will give & bequeath, wholy my debtes & legacies paide to my Sonnes Roger ffarre, Lee ffarre & James ffarre, to be equallie divided betweene them, whome allsoe I make executors of this my laste will and testament uppon this condition as unto the saide Lee ffarre, that if he att any time after my decease doe inter marrie withe Joane Smithe daugther of Edwarde Strottons nowe wise then all the legacies before to him by this my will bequeathed to be imeerely voide and the benefitt there of to be to my saide sones Roger ffarre and James ffarre and further the saide Lee from and ymmediatley after suche inter marriage to be wholy excluded and debarred from further intermedlinge as my executores of this my laste will & testament and Roger and James ffarre to be my executors: In witnesses whereof I have to this my will subscribed my name the daie above written inthe presence of Richarde Harbie Clarke and Robert Slinges ------- Item I give unto George ffarr the sonne of my saide sonne Roger ffarre one good weather sheepe.
Probatu suit humisd testam cora viro med Johne Smithe in ll barr: Commssad et affre arhimal Bedd: 6 º die mensis Maii An Dno 1617 acpen approbat & Commisse benorn die defund adm executores in dec testament wiatt in forma Jural.

Russell (Dukes of Bedford) Archive
Bedfordshire Deeds
Aspley Guise
Aspley Wood
R6/2/1/1

Copy Bargain & Sale

Parties:
(i) Ralph Norwich, late of Aspley Guise, esquire and Anne his wife;
(ii) Francis Bury of Beckerings Park [Ridgmont], esquire

Operative Part:
- (i) sold (a)-(t) to (ii) for "a certain competent sum"

Property:
(a) Manor of Aspley Guise with view of frankpledge and all messuages etc.;
(b) messuage in Aspley Guise late in occupation of Edward Sadler, deceased, late husband of Anne Norwich;
(c) one orchard, two gardens, two tofts, two closes of pasture adjoining (b) and containing 12 acres;
(d) Middle Pasture of 52 acres lately divided into two parcels;
(e) grove of woodland called Faulkner's Grove in Aspley Guise;
(f) Woodlands Closes of 14 acres;
(g) capital messuage with garden and orchard [entry damaged];
(h) close of 12 acres adjoining (g);
(i) pasture called [damaged portion] or Little Field of 26 acres;
(j) two closes of pasture called Poweges containing 10 acres;
(k) 14 acres of meadow and 120 acres of arable now or late in occupation of Thomas Chibnall, gentleman;
(l) messuage and 60 acres of pasture now or late in occupation of John Pancruss;
(m) messuage in Birchmore [Woburn] now or late in occupation of John Collins;
(n) 50 acres of arable and 20 acres of pasture in Woburn now or late in occupation of John Collins;
(o) 400 acres of woodland or underwood with soil in occupation of Thomas Chibnall;
(p) waste ground called The Warren in Aspley Guise with stock of conies

(ii) entitled to all deeds except those relating to:
- sale of 6 acres of heathland on Aspley Heath sold by (i) to Henry Char[d]ge of Wavendon [Buckinghamshire];
- messuage and lands lately held by William Farre the elder by copy and sold by (i) to William Farre the younger of Aspley Guise, husbandman;
- two messuages late in occupation of John Collins, Johan Allen, widow and Edmund Hardinge lately sold to [damaged portion] by Edward Sadler and Anne his wife;
- two parcels of arable land in field next to Holcot Millnes containing together one acre one half acre lying in Thorneton Furlong the other in Lines Croft Furlong;
- plot of land lying between messuages of Henry Ward and Ralph Baker;
- plot of ground with a lea at the end adjoining messuage some time in occupation of Jasper Hodson;
- plot of land lying between the Ryes Piece and Aspley Wood Corner next to Hogstie House containing half an acre; the last four plots all sold by Edward Sadler and Anne his wife to Edmund Hardinge;
- messuage with meadows and closes late held as copyhold by Martyn King;
- messuage late held as copyhold by Thomas King and in occupation of Edmund Tilcock;
- messuage late in occupation of Thomas Tyddesdale;

- 21 acres of arable and 6 acres of meadow lately belonging to messuage in which Edward Sadler dwelled now in occupation of Edmund Hardinge who purchased it from Ralph Norwich and Anne his wife;
- 6 acres of meadow in Broadmead now or late in occupation of John Spurling;
- Salford Pasture now or late in occupation of John Spurling ;
- parcel of meadow now or late in occupation of Henry Charge of Wavendon
- close of pasture called Blackwell of 18 acres lately conveyed by Ralph and Anne Norwich to Thomas King

- (ii) to receive rent from following leases
(q) 5 Jul 1578 from Edward and Anne Sadler to John [damaged portion] of Husborne Crawley of close called Carnishe[damaged portion] or Pigs Park of 60 acres some time in occupation of John Carter in Aspley Guise for 21 years at 5 per annum;
(r) 17 Feb 1590 from Ralph and Anne Norwich and Lee Sadler to Jaspar Hodson of Aspley Guise, husbandman of one messuage with close of land or pasture of one acre adjoining and of 5 acres, 1.5 swaths of meadow, pasture and arable in various places in Aspley Guise with common for 6 beasts or kine, 3 to be in the fen and 3 on the hills and common for 15 sheep for 21 years at 6/8 and 2 capons per annum;
(s) Feb [damaged portion] from Ralph and Anne Norwich to Robert Fitzhugh of Wavendon, gentleman of 8 acres of wood and heath on Aspley Heath and 24 acres of wood and heath adjoining for 5,000 years;
(t) 21 Feb 1590 from Ralph and Anne Norwich and Lee Sadler to Richard Tilcock of Aspley Guise and Agnes his wife of their house and land appertaining for 41 years at 6/3 per annum;

Witnesses:
- Richard Sutton; Clement Taylor; Thomas Hassould

Examined by William Shippard and William Lawson

2 Nov 1590

Margery SALISBURY-5955 was buried 1, 2 on 4 Mar 1608/1609 in Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. Margery married 3 (MRIN:2608) William FARRE-5954 on 30 Oct 1579 in Husborne Crawley, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

They had the following children.

  M i Lee FARRE-5960 was christened on 3 Jan 1579/1580. He died on 18 May 1660 from of drowning.
  M ii James FARRE-5961 was christened on 30 Jul 1581. He was buried on 29 Aug 1658.
  M iii Roger FARRE-5951 was christened on 15 Dec 1583. He died on 5 Dec 1638.

William FARRE [Parents] [scrapbook] 1-5954 was born about 1536 in of Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. He was buried 2, 3 on 5 Apr 1617 in Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. William married (MRIN:2609) Mrs. William FARRE-5981 about 1559 in Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

William had a will 4 on 8 Jan 1612 in Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. His will was probated 5 on 6 May 1617 in Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Other marriages:
SALISBURY, Margery

Mentioned in his father's will.

The first five children were not Margy's. The last three were. All children were mentioned in his will except for Mary who died before the will was written.

Will of William Farre Senior
Aspley Guise, Bedford - 1617
Archdeaconry of Bedford
Film 88020  p. 175
Will transcribed by Dean Hunter

Will dated 8 January 1612
Will proved 6 May 1617
In the Name of God Amen: I Willyam ffarre Sen. of Aspley Guise in the countie of Bedds being in good healthe and perfecte memero doe constitue and make this my laste will & testament the eighte daie of January in the yeare if our lorde god according to the compulation of the Church of England 1612, in manner and forme following and first I hereby revoke all former willes & doe humbly commende my Soule into the hands of all mightie god well hoping and believing by his merecies in the and throughe the suffering of Jesus Christ my alone [page 2] saviour to be saved and my bodie to be buried in the church yard of Aspelie aforesaid Item I will give and appoint that William ffarre the younger my eldest sonne shall have paide and delivered unto him by my executors hearafter named in this my will within one month the next after my decease six quarters of good sweete barley to some his hands withe and if it happen to departe this life weere or att the seede time of the yeare then the same barley to be to him delivered pre after my decease for the purpose aforesaid and in like manner I will bequeath & appointe that my said sonne Willyam ffarre shalle have ti him delivered by my executors six quarters of good & sweete pease or beanes sweete for that lande for that season in suche parte and manner as I before have appointed the barley: Item two quarters and twoe bushels of rye to be to hime the saide Willyam ffarre delivered by my executors for seede, att suche time & in suche sete as formerlie I have appointed the other graine nevertheless my expresse intent, meaning, and will is and I go order and appointe that att the said graine so by this my will assigned, to be delivered the saide Willyam my sonne shalle by by him repaired and restored to my saide executors in manner followinge viz: twoe quarters of barley, & twoe quarters of pease or beanes and six bushells of rye yearely and every yeare att the feaste of the purification of our ladie the virgine St Mary, during the terme of three yeares next after my decease to me insle of halfe of all suche graine I give and bequeathe to my sone James ffarre and the other halfe thereof, I will and appoint to be equallie devided betweene Roger ffarre & Lee ffarre two other of my sonnes: Item I give & bequeth to Willyam ffarre my sone a longe carte, & a dunge carte: Item I will &e appointe that my said three sonnes Roger, Lee and James ffarre, shall from and ymmediatlie after my decease weelelie give & deliver to my sonne Willyam ffarre one bushell of good & whole some mill graine for and towardes the mainetenance of [page 3] of his children and householde for and untill he the said Willyam shall equabably first –roppr of his landes after my decease Item I give and bequeath for the said Willyam ffarre twoe plilthes & two paire of iron harrowes and all such plough & cartes timber as shall happen to be in my or possession at or before, the time of my decease and I will & appointe that my executers shall not take awaye or deminishe after my decease any of the fences bales or mountes in or aboute the yardes gardens delyarde or any other the grounds in my nowe possession: Item I will and appointe that the greatest sallinge ffonghe with the cober thereare of shall remaine for in the howse and for the use and benefitt of my saide sonne Willyam and his heirs: Item I further give and bequeath to my saide sonne Willyam twoe carte horses worthe fortie six shillinges and eight oebce a peece att the leasle together with good & compleate harme se & furnature to the said twoe horses: Item I will and bequeath to my saide sonne Willyam a longe carte bodie with an Axeltree with Thomas Kinge of Aspelies borrowed of me. Item I will & bequeath to my Sone James ffarre the ellder of the two cupboardes in the halle the best boarded bedsteede and the great boarded cheste, standinge under the chamber windowe, wheareas I use to lye and the greatest brasse panne Item I will give & bequeathe to my sone Lee ffarre, the newe cupboard in the hall the wynded beddsteed in the chamber withe thes featherball and boulster thereon lyinge and all others the cosese in my house excepte one wch my sonne James ffarre nowe useth wch I will and beqeath to my daughter Anne: Item I bequeath to the saide Anne the ould table nowe standing in the boutinge house oneoly to use during her life, and the same after her decease I give and to Willyam Ambridge her sonne. Item I give and bequeath to Steven ffarre my sonne one cowe and the best hose wch shall happen to be in the yarde at the time of my decease & the greate iron spitt: Item I will give & bequeath all suche house as shall be [page 4] remaymine in my house at my deathe and all the hogges and other swine then allsoe remayminge in the yarde to my saide five sonnes viz: Willyam, Steven, Roger, Lee, & James to be equalled divided betweene them Item I give and bequeathe to my sonne James farre twoe mattries, twoe boulsters& twoe of the best blanckette: Item I give and bequeathe to my sonnes Lee & James ffarre, all my linnen whatsoever items to have twoe partes thereof & Lee a thirde part to be in suche manner indipsewent devided betweene them: Item I will and bequeathe to Alice my daughter fortie shillinges and Xd: to & amongest all suche children of the said Alice att my decease living to be equallie divided amongest them: Iten I give and bequeathe to every of the children of my saide sonnes Willyam, Steven and Roger ffarre, livinge att my decease, one sheepe a peece if I shall have so many att my decease the wantes to be supplied by my executors the value of every sheepe to be supplied to be worth vis viiid: The residue of all my household stuffe and ymplements of householde excepte twoe pewter platters, I give & bequeathe to my sonne Lee ffarr & James farre ti be equally devieded between them, wth twoe platters I give & bequeathe to my sonne Roger ffarre: The resudue of all my corne, grayne cattell & other goodes moveable and unmoveable I will give & bequeath, wholy my debtes & legacies paide to my Sonnes Roger ffarre, Lee ffarre & James ffarre, to be equallie divided betweene them, whome allsoe I make executors of this my laste will and testament uppon this condition as unto the saide Lee ffarre, that if he att any time after my decease doe inter marrie withe Joane Smithe daugther of Edwarde Strottons nowe wise then all the legacies before to him by this my will bequeathed to be imeerely voide and the benefitt there of to be to my saide sones Roger ffarre and James ffarre and further the saide Lee from and ymmediatley after suche inter marriage to be wholy excluded and debarred from further intermedlinge as my executores of this my laste will & testament and Roger and James ffarre to be my executors: In witnesses whereof I have to this my will subscribed my name the daie above written inthe presence of Richarde Harbie Clarke and Robert Slinges ------- Item I give unto George ffarr the sonne of my saide sonne Roger ffarre one good weather sheepe.
Probatu suit humisd testam cora viro med Johne Smithe in ll barr: Commssad et affre arhimal Bedd: 6 º die mensis Maii An Dno 1617 acpen approbat & Commisse benorn die defund adm executores in dec testament wiatt in forma Jural.

Russell (Dukes of Bedford) Archive
Bedfordshire Deeds
Aspley Guise
Aspley Wood
R6/2/1/1

Copy Bargain & Sale

Parties:
(i) Ralph Norwich, late of Aspley Guise, esquire and Anne his wife;
(ii) Francis Bury of Beckerings Park [Ridgmont], esquire

Operative Part:
- (i) sold (a)-(t) to (ii) for "a certain competent sum"

Property:
(a) Manor of Aspley Guise with view of frankpledge and all messuages etc.;
(b) messuage in Aspley Guise late in occupation of Edward Sadler, deceased, late husband of Anne Norwich;
(c) one orchard, two gardens, two tofts, two closes of pasture adjoining (b) and containing 12 acres;
(d) Middle Pasture of 52 acres lately divided into two parcels;
(e) grove of woodland called Faulkner's Grove in Aspley Guise;
(f) Woodlands Closes of 14 acres;
(g) capital messuage with garden and orchard [entry damaged];
(h) close of 12 acres adjoining (g);
(i) pasture called [damaged portion] or Little Field of 26 acres;
(j) two closes of pasture called Poweges containing 10 acres;
(k) 14 acres of meadow and 120 acres of arable now or late in occupation of Thomas Chibnall, gentleman;
(l) messuage and 60 acres of pasture now or late in occupation of John Pancruss;
(m) messuage in Birchmore [Woburn] now or late in occupation of John Collins;
(n) 50 acres of arable and 20 acres of pasture in Woburn now or late in occupation of John Collins;
(o) 400 acres of woodland or underwood with soil in occupation of Thomas Chibnall;
(p) waste ground called The Warren in Aspley Guise with stock of conies

(ii) entitled to all deeds except those relating to:
- sale of 6 acres of heathland on Aspley Heath sold by (i) to Henry Char[d]ge of Wavendon [Buckinghamshire];
- messuage and lands lately held by William Farre the elder by copy and sold by (i) to William Farre the younger of Aspley Guise, husbandman;
- two messuages late in occupation of John Collins, Johan Allen, widow and Edmund Hardinge lately sold to [damaged portion] by Edward Sadler and Anne his wife;
- two parcels of arable land in field next to Holcot Millnes containing together one acre one half acre lying in Thorneton Furlong the other in Lines Croft Furlong;
- plot of land lying between messuages of Henry Ward and Ralph Baker;
- plot of ground with a lea at the end adjoining messuage some time in occupation of Jasper Hodson;
- plot of land lying between the Ryes Piece and Aspley Wood Corner next to Hogstie House containing half an acre; the last four plots all sold by Edward Sadler and Anne his wife to Edmund Hardinge;
- messuage with meadows and closes late held as copyhold by Martyn King;
- messuage late held as copyhold by Thomas King and in occupation of Edmund Tilcock;
- messuage late in occupation of Thomas Tyddesdale;

- 21 acres of arable and 6 acres of meadow lately belonging to messuage in which Edward Sadler dwelled now in occupation of Edmund Hardinge who purchased it from Ralph Norwich and Anne his wife;
- 6 acres of meadow in Broadmead now or late in occupation of John Spurling;
- Salford Pasture now or late in occupation of John Spurling ;
- parcel of meadow now or late in occupation of Henry Charge of Wavendon
- close of pasture called Blackwell of 18 acres lately conveyed by Ralph and Anne Norwich to Thomas King

- (ii) to receive rent from following leases
(q) 5 Jul 1578 from Edward and Anne Sadler to John [damaged portion] of Husborne Crawley of close called Carnishe[damaged portion] or Pigs Park of 60 acres some time in occupation of John Carter in Aspley Guise for 21 years at 5 per annum;
(r) 17 Feb 1590 from Ralph and Anne Norwich and Lee Sadler to Jaspar Hodson of Aspley Guise, husbandman of one messuage with close of land or pasture of one acre adjoining and of 5 acres, 1.5 swaths of meadow, pasture and arable in various places in Aspley Guise with common for 6 beasts or kine, 3 to be in the fen and 3 on the hills and common for 15 sheep for 21 years at 6/8 and 2 capons per annum;
(s) Feb [damaged portion] from Ralph and Anne Norwich to Robert Fitzhugh of Wavendon, gentleman of 8 acres of wood and heath on Aspley Heath and 24 acres of wood and heath adjoining for 5,000 years;
(t) 21 Feb 1590 from Ralph and Anne Norwich and Lee Sadler to Richard Tilcock of Aspley Guise and Agnes his wife of their house and land appertaining for 41 years at 6/3 per annum;

Witnesses:
- Richard Sutton; Clement Taylor; Thomas Hassould

Examined by William Shippard and William Lawson

2 Nov 1590

Mrs. William FARRE-5981 was born about 1538 in of, Aspley Guise, Bedford, England, United Kingdom. She died about 1578. Mrs. married (MRIN:2609) William FARRE-5954 about 1559 in Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

was possibly Ann.

They had the following children.

  M i Steven FARRE-5968 was christened on 21 Mar 1563/1564. He was buried on 13 Jan 1648.
  M ii William FARRE Jr-5956 was born about 1563. He was buried on 21 Apr 1617.
  F iii
Mary FARRE-5958 was christened 1 on 8 Apr 1566 in Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. She was buried 2 on 31 Jan 1589 in Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.
  F iv
Alice FARRE-5959 was christened 1 on 8 Apr 1569/1570 in Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. She died 2 on 16 Nov 1570 in Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.
  F v Ann FARRE-5957 was christened on 8 Apr 1569.

John FAYRE [Parents] [scrapbook]-5988 was born about 1485 in Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. He died in 1552 in Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. John married (MRIN:2610) Alys-5989 about 1528 in of Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

John's will was probated 1 in Aug 1552 in Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Last proven ancestor in our line. His two uncles, Henry Fayrey and Thomas Fayre are proven but his father is not.

John Fayre's Will - Aspley Guise, Bedford 1552
Archdeaconry of Bedford -
British Film # 88012, p.12/170:
Will transcribed by Pam Bott

In the name of God Amen in the year of our Lord God 1552 the 12 day of August, I John ffayre of Aspley Guoyse in the Court of Bedford make and orden my last will and testament in manr and form following. ffirst I bequeth my soull to Allmightyth God my Redemor and maker. And my body to be buried ni christan buryall. Itm I bequeth to the mother church of Lincoln two pence. Itm. I give and bequeth to Edward Wallys my Sonne in law 2 acres of barley and 2 acres of beanes and peses a blacke mayre and a red hefer. Itm. I will and give to John fferr my brothers sonne the half yerde lande laytly bought of Richard ffysher and a acre of barley and acre of beanes to sow it(wt) all. Itm. I will and give to Thomas Ward my sonne in lawe the Copyhold wt the pertinences that he now dwell in paying to my executors 40 schillings. Itm. All the other copyes which I have within the town and ffylds of Aspley Guoyse I give and bequeth to Alys my wyff and William my sonne to occupy together. Itm. I will that Edward Wallys my son in law shall have 3 acres of land follow one in the said felde and 2 in the cley during the term of my copy of the yerds land. Itm. I give and bequeth to Elizabeth fferr my daughter Red hefer wt a star in the forehead half a quarter of wheat and half a quarter of Rye a quarter of barley and a quarter of beanes. Itm. I give to John ffarr my brothers sonne a hefer wt a brockle face of 2 years old. Itm. I gaive to Thomas Warde my sonnenlaw a Red hefer of 2 years old. Itm. I give and bequeth to John ffarre of Wavendon 2 bushels of whete, 2 bushels of Rye, halfe a quarter of barley and halfe a quarter of beanes and the said John to occupy the 2 acres of lande which now paying yearly to my executor 12 pence. The resydewe to alys my wyff and William my son whom I make my executors to dyspose them as they shall think best. And Master Frances Bowstred and Master William Hall of the towne of Bedford to be overseers of this my last will and testament. Having each of them for their paynes 20 schillings. These being wytnesses John Tylcock, Jasper Hudson, Thomas Ward and John ffarr of Wavendon.

He shows in 1542 as having property in Aspley. (LDS FHL British Book 942.565 B4b v. 63, 64)

John Fayre shows as John Ferre in the 1542 Rents of Assize in the Manor of Aspley Guise, Court of Augmentations accounts for Bedfordshire FHL BRITISH Book 942.565 B4b v. 63-64, pg. 47.

As for John ffarr being of Wavendon in the above will, I believe him to be John Fayrye of Holcote son of Richard Fayre who is the brother of our John Fayre of Aspley whose will is above transcribed. The parishes of Wavendon, Aspley Guise, Woburn Sands all over-lapped each other and the boundaries were vague as shown in the following paragragh. If you look at the Genuki parish map of Bedfordshire you can see that part of Wavendon was in Bedfordshire and was connected to Aspley Guise. Hulcote borders Aspley Guise on the north only a mile or two away from the center of Aspley Guise. The land deed in the notes of John's son William shows very clearly that people had land in more than one of the surrounding parishes.

There had come about a difficult situation of there being an unconnected island of land belonging to Aspley Guise and hence Bedfordshire within Wavendon parish, and therefore, Buckinghamshire. The reasons for this are lost in time, but it led to some difficulties as you can imagine. Most of the Heath belonged to Aspley Guise. These boundary confusions, of what exactly lay where, were only really sorted out once the ecclesiastical parish of Woburn Sands was laid out in 1865. This took in parts of both Aspley Guise and Wavendon, and St Michaels was built in Aspley Heath, in Bedfordshire. By 1907, the town had become the tail wagging the dog of Wavendon, and a need arose to partition the villages, and a civil parish council was elected. Source: Paul Cox, February 2006 http://www.mkheritage.co.uk/wsc/docs/main-general.html


The following is from the Bedforshire Archives in Luton site http://www.bedfordshire.gov.uk/CommunityAndLiving/ArchivesAndRecordOffice/GuidesToCollections/GuideToBedfordshireParishes.aspx :

ASPLEY GUISE: Ancient Parish; part of Ecclesiastical Parish transferred to Woburn Sands in 1867; part of Civil Parish transferred to Aspley Heath in 1883; included Fotsey [exact location now unknown] Birchmoor [now in Woburn] and Hogsty End [now the Civil Parishes of Aspley Heath and Woburn Sands and the Ecclesiastical Parish of Woburn Sands]ASPLEY HEATH: Civil Parish created 1883 from part of Aspley Guise; Ecclesiastical Parish is Woburn Sands and was in created 1867; Hogsty End formed part of this parish

Alys 1-5989 was born about 1487 in Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. She was buried 2 on 16 Nov 1570 in Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. Alys married (MRIN:2610) John FAYRE-5988 about 1528 in of Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

May be the daughter of John White d. 1501.

They had the following children.

  F i
Elizabeth FERR 1-5990 was born about 1528 in Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom.
  F ii daughter FAYRE-6819 was born about 1530. She died after 1552.
  F iii Johan FAYRE-6821 was born about 1532. She was buried on 7 Apr 1596.
  M iv William FARRE-5954 was born about 1536. He was buried on 5 Apr 1617.

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